What would you do if you accidentally created a barking-mad glove puppet, with sharp teeth, a fierce attitude and an unpredictable mouth?

A boy and a fast-talking terrier glove puppet form a hilarious double act in this warm and funny illustrated novel for readers eight years and older.

Twelve-year-old Freddie Foxworthy just wants to do arts and crafts. He finds them a lot easier to deal with than his peers, and far more rewarding. His latest project is to create the perfect glove puppet from papier-mache. But when ashes from his metalhead neighbour’s deceased bull terrier get into the mix, he finds he has accidentally made a growling puppet with an unpredictable mouth!

Freddie has an overload of mysteries to solve – who is to blame for the late Masher’s death? Was Masher responsible for the disappearance of a neighbourhood cat? And, most of all, is Masher actually for real? Surely Freddie couldn’t be causing all this chaos himself?

Written and illustrated by Fifi Colston


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Masher is acclaimed author, illustrator and arts-and-crafts guru Fifi Colston’s warm and funny novel about animal companions, imaginary friends, perceived enemies, and finding your happy place.

No dogs or papier-mache were harmed in the making of this book.


Adele from WhatBookNext ~ A fun middle grade book including crafts from New Zealand’s Queen of Crafts – Fifi Colston. But Masher isn’t just about crafts. The family dynamics within m/c Freddie’s family are laugh out loud funny, and the neighbourhood dynamics messy. Freddie’s new friend enables opportunities to make human friends and also get to know his neighbours better. Is Masher real, or is he just what Freddie needs right now? Illustrations by this award winning illustrator/author are lightly sprinkled through the book adding more fun to the story. An entertaining and highly relatable read for middle grade / tween readers with an extra section at the rear of the book showing readers how to make their own Papier-mâché puppet.
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Puffin Books, an imprint of Penguin

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